John of Euchaita

John Of Euchaita (Euchaitoe or Euchania) (a city afterwards called Theodoropolis) was archbishop of Euchaita (Μητροπολίτης Εùχαϊvτων), and lived in the time of the emperor Constantine and Monomachus (A.D. 1042-1054), but nothing further is known of him. He was surnamed Mauropus (Μαυρόπους), i.e. "Blackfoot." He wrote a number of iambic poems, sermons, and letters. A volume of his poems was published by Matthew Bust (Eton, 1610, 4to). They were probably written on occasion of the Church festivals, as they are commemorative of the incidents of the life of Christ or of the saints. An Officium, or ritual service, composed by him, and containing three canones or hymns, is given by Nicolaus Rayaeus in his dissertation De Acolouthia Officii Canonici, prefixed to the Acta Sanctorum, Junii, vol. 2. John wrote, also, Vita S. Dorothei Junioris, given in the Aeta Sanctorumn, Junii, 1, 605, etc. Various sermons for the Church festivals, and other works of his, are extant in MS. See Fabricius, Biblioth.

Orient. 8, 309, 627, etc.; 10, 221, 226; 11, 79; Cave, Hist. Liter. 2, 139; Oudin, De Scriptoribus et Scriptis Eccles. 2, 606; Smith, Dict. of Greek and Roman Biog. 2, 595.

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